Video of Egyptian teens harassing tourists sparks outrage.
A group of local teenagers have been arrested in Egypt after being accused of harassing two female tourists at the Giza Pyramids, one of Egypt’s top tourist attractions.
The 34-second video, which shows foreign female tourists attempting to flee from a herd of boys who were attempting to touch and photograph them against their will, sparked outrage on social media.
One of the female tourists can be seen attempting to push one of the boys away from her after a different member of the group looks like he is touching her.
It is unclear from the footage whether any of the boys groped the women.
Although the female tourists did not report the incident, it was brought to the attention of the authorities by a tourist guide who captured the footage.
If charged, the boys will be tried before a juvenile court.
In response to the backlash, the boys said they were simply trying to take photos with the women and had not meant to trigger any alarm among them.
Visitors to the Pyramids at Giza and other famous archeological sites in Egypt are routinely harassed and followed by young men aggressively offering tours, souvenirs, carriage, or camel rides.
The British government’s foreign travel advice website reminds its citizens to “dress modestly” when visiting Egypt so not to offend other cultures or religious beliefs.
Research carried out by the United Nations in 2013 discovered some 99 per cent of girls and women living in Egypt said they had been subjected to sexual harassment in their lives, while more than eight in 10 said they felt unsafe while walking the streets.
“Egypt is safe for tourists just have your partner come over!”
This happened yesterday near the pyramids…
What’s more baffling is it also happened to me and a friend a few years back simply because we looked foreigners ourselves and we had to run before we got group harassed… pic.twitter.com/IZI0Tz8ASQ
— Inwa Noire 🧬 Scientist Vtuber (@InwaNoireVT) May 6, 2022